The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1880

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p.1 The Old Ontario - A writer in the Utica Herald says the steamer Ontario, which formerly ran on Lake Ontario, and the river St. Lawrence between Lewiston and Ogdensburg, is again to be restored to her native element and route.

The keel of the Ontario was laid early in the summer of 1847, at French Creek, (now Clayton) and she was so far completed that she was towed to Oswego by the steamer Rochester, Capt. H.N. Throop the same year near the close of November, at great risk, and danger. The Ontario was fully completed and took the place of the Rochester on the line about the 1st of August 1848. After the retirement of Captain Throop she was commanded by Capt. J.B. Estes for over 18 years. She was finally sold to the Canadian Steamboat Company which ran her down through the rapids to Montreal. The large and growing increase of summer travel on the lake and river renders it necessary to increase the line by additional steamers, and now the Ontario is to be divided into 2 halves, and the parts brought to Ogdensburg and there again joined. We have lost track of Capt. J.B. Estes, and we believe that if he is still afloat, it would be to the interest of the Montreal & Richelieu Company to again place him in command.

p.2 ad for Change of Time - R. & O. Nav. Co., with schedule.


Collision on the Bay.

The Steamer Hastings and Steambarge Indian Collide - Results Serious.

On Saturday night shortly after 9 o'clock the steam-barge Indian collided with the steamer Hastings between Stone Mills and Adolphustown Pt. The Hastings was on her way up the Bay of Quinte, the Indian was on her way down heavily laden. The mate of the Hastings, Mr. Michell Lawless, one of the oldest and best navigators of the Bay, states that when he noticed the steam barge bearing down upon the boat of which he was then in command, he whistled once, indicating that the other craft should take her own side. The Indians course was not altered. Lawless whistled a 2nd time, and without effecting his object, whereupon he decided to run the Hastings into a bush, to the right, that it would be better to have her aground on a soft bottom than be probably sunk in deep water under less favourable circumstances. Before the Hastings could get out of the way, the Indian struck her a little forward of the paddle-box, breaking not only the wheel and its covering but the flanges, the crank, the bridge-tree, and gallows-frame. The shaft dropped and now lies on the hull. The collision was so violent that the Indian split her stem. After the accident the Hastings listed over, but fortunately she was near Stone Mills, whether she was towed and tied up. The Hastings passengers were conveyed to Picton by busses. They received a great shaking up by the accident. Naturally enough they were more or less excited until they understood the position of things and learned that they were not in danger. The damages are not definitely known. They will probably amount to $3000, possibly more. The captain and wheelsman of the Indian were clearly to blame, no efforts having been made on their part to avoid the collision. It is usual when a mishap of this kind is feared for the wheels to be put hard to port. Had such been done in this instance the results would not have been as reported. Had the Hastings been struck anywhere but on the shaft she would have been sunk on the spot. It is not likely that she will be repaired to do any more service during the balance of the season, but the route will be supplied by Mr. Gildersleeve. The Pierrepont was to go up the Bay this afternoon, and tomorrow the Maud may run to Belleville. The Indian belongs to Gilmour & Co., of Trenton. It has been very unfortunate. The accident may cost her owners more than she is worth. The Lady Franklin left this afternoon for Stone Mills, and will tow the Hastings to Kingston.

Unsafe Canal Boats - The Chicago Inter-Ocean makes the following remarks: There can no longer be the least doubt that the canal schooner Olive Branch, took her entire crew down with her. And the horror furnishes just so much more evidence of the danger of the canal style of construction. With very few exceptions, every vessel lost on the lakes with all hands has been a canaler. Isn't it possible for our ship-builders and masters to point out just where the great and fatal error is? Certainly the subject is worthy of consideration and close study. What do our underwriters, many of them practical builders and navigators, think of it?

Marine Notes - The yacht Edith Sewell, from Sacketts Harbour, touched here yesterday.

The barge Adventure is loading 8500 bushels rye at Richardsons' for Montreal.

The prop Zealand lightened 4000 bush wheat and Shickluna 3600 bush wheat. Both proceeded to Montreal.

The str. Alexandra, while lying at Montreal, was entered, 2 trunks broken open, and robbed of a silver watch and some money.

The mail steamers will continue to run as regularly as possible for at least 2 weeks longer. The hours of leaving change tomorrow.

The sch. Queen of the Lakes is loading 400 tons of iron ore for Cleveland. The sch. Pilot from Oswego, is delivering 50 tons of coal for Swift & Co.

Passed Down Through the Welland Canal: schrs. Rutherford, Toledo, corn; Nellie Wilder, do., wheat; Manzanilla, Chicago, corn; Emerald, Chicago, corn.

Capt. Crawford, of the Norseman, is praised for politeness and courtesy in storm or calm.

Swifts - Steamers Passing: Persia from Montreal; Cuba from Toronto; Corsican from Toronto; Corinthian from Montreal; Peerless from Perth; Algerian from Montreal.

The rate from Detroit to Kingston on wheat is 6 cents. To Niagara will get 8 cents for wheat from Leamington to Kingston, demurrage to be allowed in case of any delay in loading.

The str. Enterprise, formerly owned by the Welland Railway Company and run between Port Dalhousie and Kingston, has been purchased by A. Muir & Bros., for $8000. The engine will be taken out, and a barge made out of the hull.

M.T. Co. - Arrivals: sch. Wave Crest, from Colchester, 11,200 bushels wheat; tug Active from Montreal, with 4 barges and 100 tons pig iron. The prop Lake Ontario, Toledo, lightened 4500 bushels of wheat. The departures were 3 barges for Montreal, with 50,000 bushels grain.

Late Captain Aull - A reward has been offered for the recovery of the body of the late Capt. Aull, in command and part owner of the schooner Olive Branch. He had on his person a variety of papers, not valuable to any one but the friends of the deceased. By this time the captains remains should float, so that it is not improbable they may be brought to Kingston as desired.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1880